Axis III
General Medical Conditions.

General Medical Conditions is for reporting current medical conditions that are potentially relevant to the understanding or management of the individual's mental disorder. The purpose of distinguishing General Medical Conditions is to encourage thoroughness in evaluation/assessment and to enhance communication among health care providers. General Medical Conditions can be related to mental disorders in a variety of ways. First, it is clear the medical condition is directly related to the development or worsening of the symptoms of the mental disorder. Second, the relationship between the medical condition and mental disorder symptoms is insufficient. Third, there are situations in which the medical condition is important to the overall understanding or treatment of the mental disorder.

Report all General Medical Conditions.
If no General Medical Condition indicate. ( Axis III: None )
If Axis III diagnosis is deferred or pending more information indicate. ( Axis III: Deferred. )
Most be outside the ICD-9-CM Mental Disorder chapter and outside of chapter V of the ICD-10.
If a mental disorder is a direct physiological consequence of the general medical condition, include a Mental Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition in Axis I and a General Medical Condition should be included in Axis I and Axis III.

General Medical Conditions ( With ICD-9-CM codes )

  • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases ( 001-139 )
  • Neoplasms ( 140-239 )
  • Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases. Immunity Disorders ( 240-279 )
  • Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs ( 280- 289 )
  • Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs ( 320-389 )
  • Diseases of the Circulatory System ( 390-459 )
  • Diseases of the Respiratory System ( 460-519 )
  • Diseases of the Digestive System ( 520-579 )
  • Diseases of the Genitourinary System ( 580-629 )
  • Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium ( 630-676 )
  • Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue ( 680-709 )
  • Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue ( 710-739 )
  • Congenital Anomalies ( 740-759 )
  • Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period ( 760-779 )
  • Systems, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions ( 780-799 )
  • Injury and Poisoning ( 800-999 )


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